Play and Creativity in organizational settings: Understanding the mechanisms through which play influences organizational creativity

Enrique de Luis Araque

Student thesis: Master thesis


In recent years the idea that play in workplaces yield creative outcomes has spread over the business community, based on this believe and aiming to improve organizational creativity companies are incorporating new managerial practice based on play. This Thesis draws on theory of play and creativity in organizational settings and on a case study to get to understand the mechanisms through which play influences organizational creativity. The analysis of the interview data provides findings of benefit for companies that are about to get involved with play. Overall, the research concludes that, even though play could influence positively organizational creativity, there are forms of play that do it more effectively than others, and that all forms of play to truly impact organizational creativity must be managed consciously for such a purpose

EducationsMSc in Management of Innovation and Business Development, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2015
Number of pages85